Last night was the monthly meeting of my writing group. Of all the committees and groups I’ve ever belonged to, this is my favorite. There’s much debate in the writing world about the benefits of a writing group. By its very nature, writing is a solitary pursuit. But not all writers can continue to be productive without the stimulus of time spent with other writers. I’m one of those writers.
Our writing group was formed in 2004 with the following purpose: To provide a safe and inspirational place for local writers to assemble for motivation, inspiration, instruction, guidance and the resources needed to complete their work. We’ve stayed true to that purpose and while we have yet seen a member get something published traditionally, our group is as fresh and vibrant as it was the first day we met. To a member, everyone is writing. What started as a hand full of townies, has grown to a full page of names and e-mail addresses and includes members from towns as much as forty miles away. Our membership includes fiction writers, journalists, playwrites, poets and historians. We range in age from 17-73.
As I looked around the room last night I couldn’t help thinking we’re onto something. We’re doing something right. Some of our people have come from other groups that failed, but nobody has ever been able to clearly tell me what led to that failure. I’d like to know, so that those mistakes don’t creep into our program.
Do you belong to a writers group? Have you in the past? Tell me about it.